• In response to the mass shooting that occurred in the early hours of August 4, 2019, The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• The NFL said the Pro Bowl would return to Orlando's Camping Ground Stadium for the fourth successive year, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020. It will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and be simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET). Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”


XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field


The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States


Weekend Box Office Aug. 16-18
1. Good Boys $21M
2. Hobbs & Shaw $14.1M
3. The Lion King $11.9M
4. Angry Birds 2 $10.5M
5. Scary Stories $10M
6. 47 Meters Down $9M
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $8.5M
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $7.6M
9. Blinded By the Light $4.5M
10.The Art of Racing in the Rain $4.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


HyperX Goes Primetime With NBA, ESPN, ABC Joel Embiid, Post Malone, Gamers

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 15, 2019: To help support its new role as presenting sponsor for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming, eSports gamer brand HyperX Gaming is launching its first national and global marketing campaign, a multi-platform effort entitled, “We’re All Gamers.”

An anchor spot stars a bevy of athletes, musicians and social media influencers who also are gamers, including from the NBA Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics), and De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), who signed with HyperX in 2017 prior to the NBA Draft; the NFL's Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) and musician Post Malone.

The campaign also features professional gamers including Shroud, Pokimane and Cloud9’s Rush.

“I’ve had fans make their own avatars of me before, so it feels good to finally have an official one that I helped create and inspire,” said Fox via the company.

The spot depicts each in real life using HyperX equipment and then morphing into video game versions of themselves.

“The ‘We’re All Gamers’ campaign was developed to introduce HyperX to passionate NBA and gaming fans,” Daniel Kelley, corporate marketing director, HyperX, said via the brand, the gaming division of Kingston Technology.

“Our gaming influencer’s creativity exuded and helped us to develop their HyperX-illustrated gaming spirits in the 2019 campaign.”

The spot breaks during the fourth season of ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming on Jan. 19, with the Houston Rockets hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.

It will continue to air through the regular season, playoffs and then NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN.

HyperX will also be integrated into game time outs, while ESPN’s SportsCenter will feature HyperX virtual set integrations several times throughout the NBA season.

The extended 60-second spot will also air in 6-, 15- and 30-second versions.

HyperX said it expects to expand the campaign to include more influencers and celebrities throughout the year, "including soccer players and others who are passionate about gaming."

The integrated global "We’re All Gamers" campaign in 2019 is “expected to be the first of many new activities in promoting the HyperX brand to consumer and lifestyle audiences,” according to HyperX.  

Support includes digital and social media.

Lead agency is Envoy.

“Seeing how HyperX transformed me for this campaign was so cool,” Hayward said via HyperX. “Gaming brings out the competitor in me, and I’m excited for everyone to see that come to life here.”

According to Embiid, “No matter what I’m playing, I like to win. HyperX has captured that spirit with my gaming persona

“Watch me dominate.”

HyperX, which has naming rights to the Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor, already has NBA alliances as the official gaming headset for the NBA 2K League and with teams including the Sixers, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz.

ABC’s NBA coverage also continues with the return of NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC presented by Mountain Dew Ice on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, with the Celtics hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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